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Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen
Vice President
Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Malaysia

Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen served as an academic at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya for eleven years. For the next twenty-one years he was the founding Director General and CEO of the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS). He led significant strategic national efforts in R&D and capacity building focused on ICT and microelectronics. He also served for nine years as the ex-officio Secretary of the National Information Technology Council, chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. In this capacity he was closely involved with the formulation and implementation of national ICT policies and strategies, in particular, the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) and the National IT Agenda (NITA). Currently as Vice President and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia he is leading several projects in taking S&T-based innovation forward.


Mastering the Digital Tsunami – Futures Thinking and Strategic Planning to Build a More Sustainable, Progressive and Secure World

The digital tsunami is in full swing, set to transform human societies everywhere, in developed as well as developing countries. Yet responses to the transformative forces unleashed continue to remain reactive and operational, lacking in proactive orientation, even among developed economies. The position of developing countries is worse and will become dire if the approach to development continues on its traditional path. Opportunities for holistic growth and progress are being lost, while the dark side of digital technologies is being exploited by those with malicious intent. Using results of recent economic research, it is shown that contemporary globalisation is largely enabled by digital technologies where knowledge flows have supplanted trade flows as the dominant driver of growth. Thus the knowledge-based economy and society enabled by digital technologies is the defining characteristic of the current era that requires new approaches and perspectives to development planning.
This presentation argues that in our quest to master the digital tsunami we need to employ effective methodologies and processes that are found in strategic planning based on a futures thinking mind-set. Recent experience of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia in formulating a Foresight Malaysia 2050 study based on the scenario planning methodology is described. Three “Megascience” studies were conducted from 2009 which led to the Emerging Science, Engineering and Technology (ESET) integrated plan. These became the foundations on which the Foresight 2050 is based.
The presentation summarises the main result of the Foresight study which is the conceptualisation of the desired scenario for Malaysia to achieve by 2050: a progressive country which is harmonious, prosperous and sustainable. Science and technology back-casting will complete the study, so that our development plan moving forward will have science, technology and innovation as a key enabler of human and social progress.
Several lessons will be shared from this discussion towards encouraging further work by participants.

Ismail Khalil
Institute of Telecooperation
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Ismail Khalil ( is the deputy head of the institute of telecooperation, Johanes Kepler University Linz, Austria, since October 2002 and Adjunct Professor at Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University Jakarta, Indonesia. He is the president of the international organization of Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services (@WAS). He holds a PhD in computer engineering and received his habilitation degree in applied computer science on his work on agents interaction in ubiquitous Environments in May 2008. He currently teaches, consults, and conducts research in Mobile Multimedia, Cloud Computing, Agent Technologies, and Web Intelligence and is also interested in the broader business, social, and policy implications associated with the emerging information technologies. Before joining Johannes Kepler University of Linz, he was a research fellow at the Intelligent Systems Group at Utrecht University, Netherlands from 2001-2002 and the project manager of AgenCom project at the Software Competence Center Hagenberg Austria from 2000-2001. Dr. Khalil has authored around 150 scientific publications, books, and book chapters. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of 4 international journals and 2 books series. His work has been published and presented at various conferences and workshops.


Intelligence in the Age of Big Data

In February 2011, Watson (IBM super computer) managed to beat two past grand champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!. Watson was able to answer questions that require intelligence when done by humans. This marked the first machine to pass the Turing test and started a new era of computing called cognitive computing where computers (modeled after the human brain) learn and interact naturally with people to extend what either humans or machine could do on their own. Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc., using big data technologies, smart Machine Learning and AI algorithms were able to tap into our intensions by predicting what we click, buy, like, dislike, shop, surf, etc.,. This marked the era of smart Web or predictive intelligence where Turing test is reversed and machines now try to figure out who we are, our information needs, our behavioral patterns, the activities we are engaged in and our goals. Together with the torrents of data we leave behind us every time we communicate with the digital eco-system, a new era of human-machine cooperation is starting that gives us millions of potential insights into user experience, marketing, personal tastes, and human behavior. In this talk, we are going to illustrate through motivating cases and research directions the main characteristics of this era and how it can transform the way we interact with the Web to ultimately improve the quality of our lives and gain valuable insights into our affective, mental and physical states.

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Essaaidi
National Higher School of IT (ENSIAS), Morocco

Mohamed Essaaidi, Prof. Dr., IEEE Senior Member has been the Dean of ENSIAS College of Engineering of Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco since December 2011 and he was an Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Morocco from 1993 till 2011. He is the founder and past Chairman of the IEEE Morocco Section (2005-2015), co-founder of IEEE Computer & Communication Societies Joint Morocco Chapter, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Morocco Joint Chapter and EEE Education Society Morocco Chapter. He is a member of Committee of Global Accreditation activities of IEEE Education Activities Board since 2016. He has been also the founding Director of the Morocco Office of Arab Science and Technology Foundation, ASTF (2006-2009) and the Coordinator of ASTF RD&I Network of Electro-Technology since 2006. He has also founded several IEEE Student Branches in different Moroccan universities and engineering schools. Furthermore, he has been a nonvoting member of IEEE Global Committee on Accreditation activities since 2015.
He has authored and co-authored 5 books and more than 200 papers in international refereed journals and conferences in the field of Electrical and Information and Communication Technologies. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal on Information and Communication Technologies, Serial Publications, India (2007-2011). He is also an active member of the editorial boards of several IEEE and other indexed international journals in the field of information and communication technologies.
Prof. Essaaidi is the founder and the General Chair of several IEEE technically sponsored international conferences, including Mediterranean Microwave Symposium (since 2000), Information and Communication Technologies International Symposium (2005, 2007), International Conference on Multimedia Systems and Computing (2009, 2011, 2012, 2014), International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference (2011, 2013, 2015) and International Conference on Complex Systems (2012, 2013, 2015). He has also been involved in the Organizing and Scientific Committees of several other international conferences held worldwide.
He holds 10 patents in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. He was also a member of the IEEE 802.16 Sponsor Ballot Pool of IEEE Standard Association that defined the technical specifications for WiMAX.
Prof. Essaaidi supervised several Ph D and Masters Theses and has been the principal investigator and the project manager for several international research projects.


Smart Cities Promised Technological & Social Revolution.

Many cities around the world are currently transitioning towards Smart Cities to attain several key objectives such as a low carbon environment, high quality of living, and resource efficient economy. Urban performance depends not only on the city's endowment of hard infrastructure, but also on the availability and quality of knowledge communication and social infrastructure. There is a growing importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), social and environmental capital in profiling the competitiveness of cities. Information and communication technologies play a critical role in building smart cities and supporting comprehensive urban information systems. This brings together citizens and integrates technologies and services such as transportation, broadband communications, buildings, healthcare, and other utilities. Advanced communication and computing techniques can facilitate a participatory approach for achieving integrated solutions and creating novel applications to improve urban life and build a sustainable society.
Extensive research is taking place on a wide range of enabling information and communication technologies, including cloud, network infrastructure, wireless and sensing technologies, mobile crowdsourcing, social networking, and big data analytics. This keynote talk will be dedicated to an overview on Smart Cities technologies, applications, opportunities and research challenges.

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